Simone Biles Performs Yurchenko Double Pike, Becomes First Woman to Land the Move Traditionally Performed Only by Men

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Artistic gymnast Simone Biles, on her return to the competition, made history as she became the first woman to perform Yurchenko Double Pike- a move traditionally performed only by men. The 24-year-old World Champion was competing at the 2021 GK US Classic in Indianapolis as she clinched the gold medal following the historic vault. In 2019, she landed a double-double dismount and became the first gymnast to perform it. Simone Biles Lesser Known Facts.

“I was just thinking, ‘Do it like training. Don’t try to like overdo anything, because I have a tendency as soon as I raise my hand to kind of overpower things, and I did a little bit, but at least I was on my feet. It’s a new vault and I’m proud of how today went,” she said after the event.

What is Yurchenko Double Pike?

It is regarded as a high-difficulty skill and has been performed historically only by men. Yurchenko Double Pike is a round-off onto the springboard, followed by a back handspring onto the vaulting table. It then ends with a piked double backflip into the air to landing. The move was named after former Soviet Union gymnast Natalia Yurchenko who attempted it for the first time.

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Meanwhile, the five-time Olympic gold medallist was back in action after the 2019 World Championships. Biles will now take part in US championships, slated to begin from June 03.

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